Welcome aboard...

Welcome to the Research Vessel (R/V) Marcus G. Langseth Expedition MGL13-09. Scientists and ship's crew are spending over a month at sea studying the southern end of the Reykjanes Ridge. We'll be posting updates on our research progress as well as what it's like to be a scientist at sea, working on board a floating laboratory. You can follow along on our journey from Reykjavík, Iceland, down to our field area near the Bight Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and back to port. We hope you'll join us!

Viking ship

Our goal is to better understand the evolution of the Reykjanes Ridge, a segment of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge just south of Iceland. We are collecting data to test competing theories about what's happening in this geologically fascinating area, with important implications for our understanding of geodynamic processes in the Earth. See the Science Overview for an introduction to our research and the data we're collecting.


This project is funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF, Grant No. OCE-1154071), and run by scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands). Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

Much like the science we're doing, this site is a work in progress! Please check back for updates as our journey progesses.
Mahalo nui loa or takk fyrir for sailing with us!

National Science Foundation SOEST UH Manoa Univ of Iceland

Where are we?

Track the ship's current location and watch our progress.

Ship Tracker

About the Ship

The R/V Marcus G. Langseth is a 235-ft research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The ship is a floating geophysical and seismic laboratory, with the ability to measure various properties of (and below) the earth's seafloor. It's part of the UNOLS fleet, an organization of academic institutions and oceanographic research vessels.

See the ship specifications for more information.

Contact Us

Have a question for us about the project, life onboard the ship, or what it's like to do science in the field? Email us and we'll direct your question to a member of the science or ship crew.